CHESTNUT HILL, MASS./TORONTO, ONTARIO, December 23, 2019 – As eCampusOntario looked to improve the readiness of specialized trades students in three high-impact apprenticeships, it recognized the potential of advanced adaptive learning technology to help learners assess their knowledge and close skill gaps.
eCampusOntario is partnering with Area9 Lyceum in an adaptive learning pilot program at three colleges located in the Province of Ontario: St. Lawrence College for electrician training, Durham College for plumbing, and Loyalist College for automotive service technician training.
David Francis, Dean, School of Applied Sciences, Skills and Technology from Loyalist college said “Loyalist College is keenly interested in seeing our trades and apprenticeship students benefit from adaptive learning to allow them to quickly build core competencies and progress successfully through their programs”.
Area9 Lyceum’s AI-based adaptive learning platform, Area9 Rhapsode™ , will deliver personalized learning to build greater proficiency among trades students. Area9 Rhapsode™ has been shown to cut training time in half, while delivering the support and resources each learner needs to close their knowledge and skills gaps and achieve mastery of their subject matter. Durham College is excited about the potential for adaptive learning to provide students with more flexible learning options,” said Debbie Johnston, dean, Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning. “We are we are eager to see the results of the initial pilot.”
“eCampusOntario is interested in testing new ways of accelerating training and remediating skills gaps. Area9 Lyceum’s AI-based adaptive learning technology will help us refine our approaches to technical training,” said David Porter, CEO of eCampusOntario. “We expect the results of the pilot projects underway at three of our Ontario colleges will help us better understand how to design and implement programs to rapidly upgrade Ontario’s workforce.”
Area9 Rhapsode™ acts like a personal tutor to deliver a highly effective and engaging learning experience. This approach is crucial as trades students today face increasing demands for technical knowledge and skills—and must develop a growth mindset that supports continuous improvement and higher achievement.
“We are excited to partner with eCampusOntario in this pilot program,” Area9 Lyceum Chairman Ulrik Juul Christensen said. “By ensuring all learners reach proficiency, Area9 levels the playing field for these specialized trades students to pursue current and future vocational opportunities.”
About Area9 Lyceum
Area9 Lyceum builds 21st century skills and competencies through the world’s first four-dimensional learning platform, Area9 Rhapsode™. Based on more than 20 years of research into human factors and cognition, our AI-based platform delivers truly personalized learning at scale – cutting training time in half, guaranteeing proficiency and making lasting impacts on careers and business outcomes.
eCampusOntario is a not-for-profit corporation, funded by the Government of Ontario to be a centre of excellence in online and technology-enabled learning for all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario. Its mandate includes research, development, and sharing of exemplary practices in online and other forms of technology-enabled learning.